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Caplin & Drysdale offers a full-service State and Local Tax (SALT) practice, advising corporations and individuals on state and local tax issues and controversies.

State and local tax matters are more important to our clients than at any time in recent history as a result of significant economic and legislative developments that have increased the effect state and local taxes have on individuals and business alike. Just as audit activity is on the rise, legislative changes driven by Federal tax reform, judicial decisions, and economic pressures for taxing authorities to increase revenue are at a peak.

The SALT group at Caplin has significant experience in addressing traditional state and local matters from a planning and consulting perspective, as well as the technically nuanced issues arising from Federal tax reform and the recent Wayfair decision. Our attorneys have an established history of helping clients achieve their personal and business goals by providing a sound understanding of the technical matters at hand. View our brochure.


The full-service SALT team can counsel clients on tax issues in all fifty states, the District of Columbia, and associated localities. We have the knowledge, relationships and hands-on experience to provide real-world, actionable guidance on both a state and a local level. We regularly integrate state and local services with the full capabilities of Caplin’s pre-eminent Tax practice including tax litigation, tax controversies, M&A, and International.

SALT is a vast and dynamic area of tax practice, involving multiple categories of taxes and several legal disciplines. At Caplin, we advise a broad range of clients including businesses, high-net-worth individuals and families, in all areas of state and local tax. As a full service state and local practice, we regularly counsel clients in matters related to income, sales and use, property, and business activity taxes to more specialized taxes and situations. Our practice emphasis is on an approach that seeks to minimize the impact of state and local taxes in accordance with applicable law, while advancing the business objectives of our clients.

Despite the fundamentally technical nature of tax, administrative relationships are also critically important. State and local taxes are administered by various independent agencies, with each having different procedures and personnel. We regularly work with representatives from various state agencies, and our reputation for professionalism, reasonableness, efficiency, and openness often precedes us.

Our emphasis on personal relationships carries over into the level of service we provide to our clients. Clients typically work directly and closely with Members in SALT, as well as Members of other tax specialties within Caplin & Drysdale as needed. We provide both hands-on service and an exceptionally high degree of accessibility, all with the judgment, knowledge, and strategic foundation of senior practitioners. We pride ourselves on delivering a level of personal responsiveness and a one-on-one experience level that is genuinely client-focused.

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